There were seven hours nonstop, with two and four hands, with the sound of the piano echoing Praça de D. João I on Friday afternoon. From today until August 9th, Porto Pianofest presents concerts by established artists and "future stars of the music world" in various locations around the city. The music starts – officially – in Casa da Música, with jazz music by the Clarice Assad Trio.
Premiering in Portugal, the group that brings together the celebrated artist Clarice Assad, percussionist Keita Ogawa, and guitarist João Luiz Rezende, all internationally renowned musicians and Grammy Award winners, will perform at Casa da Música this Monday at 7.30 pm for an opening that celebrates the fusion between classical, jazz, avant-garde, MBP, and world music.
Throughout the week, you can also hear the Spanish Josu de Solaun, awarded in 2021 with an International Classical Music Award, and José Ramón Méndez, returning to the festival, and even the Canadian Jean Saulnier.
The founder of Porto Pianofest, pianist, composer, and artistic director Nuno Marques defines it as "an event of exchange, of sharing between artists, the city and the people, those who are locals and those who are visitors".
In addition to concerts, the festival week also includes masterclasses, conferences, and artistic residencies. Porto Pianofest is a joint production with Porto City Hall and has the high patronage of the President of the Republic.